A faster recovery from surgery

Legacy Good Samaritan has several programs to help you heal faster after surgery.  This means you can get back to your family, your work and your usual activities as soon as possible.

Our results over the past several  years show that our patients:

  • Spend less time in the hospital after surgery
  • Can control their pain with less narcotic pain medicine
  • Have fewer complications such as infections after surgery
  • Recover use of their bowels faster

About our programs

Enhanced Recovery after Surgery

This program includes one-on-one time with our staff, so you learn about what will be happening and what you need to do. Eating and walking soon after surgery helps your body recover. Pain is managed in a combination of ways (“multi-modal”), so you need less narcotic pain medicine.

Strong for Surgery
This program helps your body prepare before surgery, for a better outcome after surgery. Because good nutrition helps your body be ready, we offer nutritional counseling, and also provide a liquid supplement for five days before surgery at no cost to you. Doctors also pay close attention to your blood sugar level before and after surgery to help prevent infection.

Our results for patients

We review our data on quality measures on a regular basis – these include things like hospital length of stay and complication rate. We look at our own internal measurements, and also compare them to regional and national benchmarks for excellence in care. Below are the improvements for patients we've achieved since we began these programs.

These numbers are for planned (non-emergency) surgeries only. 

Average length of hospital stay

2009  2012
 6.66 days  3.65 days

Need for pain medication

Measured by percent of patients using IV pain medication they control themselves

 2009  2012
 63% of patients  15% of patients

Complication rate: Ileus

Ileus indicates slow recovery of the digestive tract after surgery

2009  2012 
13% of patients  3% of patients

Complication rate: Intra-abdominal infection rate

Infections after surgery, within the abdomen

2009   2012
 7% of patients  1% of patients